Sports  January 18, 2017
Ex-Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: 'I'm not retiring yet'
Dutch manager Louis van Gaal was sacked by Manchester United last year after an uninspiring stint at Old TraffordLouis van Gaal says he is not definitely done with football just yet, after appearing to suggest earlier this week that he was retiring from the game at 65.The Dutchman, who was sacked by Manchester United last year after an uninspiring stint at Old Trafford, had told popular daily tabloid De Telegraaf: "I don't believe I'll return to work."But les...  Full Story
Garbine Muguruza struggles into Australian Open third round
SpainGarbine Muguruza proved too strong for American Samantha Crawford as the seventh seed overcame a tough examination to make the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.The hard-hitting Spaniard struggled through 7-5, 6-4 and will next play Latvian 32nd seed Anastasija Sevastova, who beat Kristina Kucova in two easy sets.The French Open champ...  Full Story
Diego Costa back in favour after making peace with Conte
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has scored 14 goals this season, including this effort against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 31Diego Costa could be back in the Chelsea starting line-up against Hull on Sunday after he made up with the Premier League leaders' manager Antonio Conte, British media reported Wednesday.The 28-year-old striker -- whose 14 goals this season has spurred Chelsea to a seven-point lead at the top of the table -- was pictured at the club's training gro...  Full Story
Mushfiqur Bangladesh blow for second New Zealand Test
BangladeshBangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim is unlikely to play in the second Test against New Zealand in Christchurch on Friday, denting the tourists' hopes of avoiding defeat in the two-Test series.New Zealand will overtake Pakistan and move to fifth in the world Test team rankings should they complete a 2-0 Test sweep following their dramatic victory ea...  Full Story
Mavericks edge Bulls, Spurs and Raptors win
Dirk Nowitzki (L) of the Dallas Mavericks knocks the ball away from Rajon Rondo of the Chicago Bulls, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, on January 17, 2017Dallas forward Wesley Matthews drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 11.8 seconds remaining on Tuesday as the Mavericks spoiled Chicago guard Dwyane Wade's 35th birthday with a 99-98 NBA victory over the Bulls.Wade missed at the buzzer and the Bulls fell to the Mavericks for the second time this season -- after absorbing a 25-point defeat last mo...  Full Story
Porte nabs Tour Down Under second stage with bold breakaway
Australian cyclist Richie Porte from Team BMC celebrates after winning the second stage of the Tour Down Under, from Stirling to Paracombe, on January 18, 2017Tasmanian Richie Porte buried his demons from two years ago by demolishing his rivals and clinching the second stage of the Tour Down Under in Adelaide on Wednesday.Porte, who made a costly tactical error on the same stage in 2015 that foiled his chances of winning the Tour, made a decisive move with two kilometres (1.24 miles) remaining in a gruel...  Full Story
Japan golf club eyes changing 'sexist' policy
Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama came under fire last week as Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said she felt "very uncomfortable that women cannot become full members in the 21st century"A Japanese country club set to host the 2020 Olympics golf competition said Wednesday it would consider changing a policy not to admit women as full members after Tokyo's female governor slammed the rule. Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama, north of Tokyo, came under fire last week as Yuriko Koike said she felt "very uncomfortable that women cann...  Full Story
Harden's triple-double not enough for Rockets
Miami point guard Goran Dragic scored 21 points, pulled down eight rebounds and handed out eight assists as the Heat posted a 109-103 win over Houston on January 17, 2017The Miami Heat withstood Houston star James Harden's 40-point triple-double on Tuesday to upend the Rockets 109-103 and snap a four-game NBA losing streak.Harden, who had six turnovers, had added 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 13th triple-double of the season.He made 12 of his 30 shots, including four of 15 from three-point range."At least it w...  Full Story